Best Hanging Pendant Lighting Ideas for Above Your Kitchen Island
Find Unique Hanging Pendant Lighting Ideas
At some point we all dream of remodeling the kitchen while planning meals around a kitchen island with colorful, unique hanging pendant lights.
In fact, hanging pendant lighting for kitchens is in high demand for both great looks and task lighting.
If you think of hanging pendant lights for kitchen islands as long, skinny fixtures, think again, because design options for these lights are as vastly unique and beautiful as you can imagine.
And, because there are so many designs and types of hanging pendant lights choose from, it's important to consider the right hanging pendant light that works with your kitchen island.
But if you don't have a kitchen island just yet, don't feel left out. Hanging pendant lighting is versatile enough to enhance any part of your kitchen.
Whether you want to enhance a nook eating area or divide an open living space, pendant lighting can define, differentiate and add personality to any area of your kitchen.
So let's look at a few ideas of how to enhance your kitchen décor with pendant lighting.
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Planning your Kitchen with Hanging Pendant Lighting
Remodeling your kitchen takes a great deal of planning, time and money, not to mention that you probably will only do it once, over the life of your home. So you want to get it right by choosing high quality cabinets, fixtures and appliances.
But, the real key to a great kitchen remodel is the design and attention to detail. One way to enhance your kitchen design is to add a kitchen island. A kitchen island with hanging pendant lighting is the perfect focal point for any kitchen where you can get creative with design while gaining functionality.
The first thing to think about is the purpose of your kitchen island. Kitchen islands can be used for additional counter space, for food preparation or used as a simple breakfast bar where you can sit on stools and have a quick meal.
Kitchen islands are also a wonderful way to display food for entertaining because they can double as a server or can be a convenient conversation area to serve wine and hordourves.
Depending on whether your kitchen island will be used for food preparation and serving or for gathering and eating; will determine the type of lighting that will work best.
If you plan on using your kitchen island for food prepping only, then you may want to look for higher voltage hanging light fixtures that can provide more task lighting. You also want to consider the height that your lighting is hung, so that it doesn't interfere with your work space.
But what if you want to use your island for eating and entertaining as well? One solution for multi-use lighting is to buy a light fixture with a dimmer switch. This will provide you with good lighting for tasks and softer lighting for dining.
Overall, the best way to create the perfect kitchen island area with hanging pendant lighting is to think about what your purpose for the space will be in advance and then plan accordingly.
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Larger hanging pendant lights work well to balance a bigger kitchen island - Creates the right amount of task lighting for a large kitchen island
Affordable ideas to update your kitchen island and lighting
Looking for affordable ways to update your existing kitchen island? Sometimes a few small changes and a little creativity can make a big impact. So let's look at a few ideas.
If you have a kitchen island that's dated or worn, one of the easiest ways to give it a new look is with paint. For instance if you have red appliances in your kitchen, you might want to try a bold look and paint the island red. Then you can hanging pendant lights in red art glass to accentuate your island area.
Or if you have stainless steel appliances, painting your kitchen island black and adding new stainless knobs and drawer handles will tie the look together nicely. Also, adding chrome finish, hanging pendant lighting with bring the look together nicely.
If your hanging lights are dated, the options for updating them are endless, because hanging light fixtures can be replaced for about $25.00 on the low end. But if the fixtures are in good shape, you can easily just replace the glass globes on your hanging lights for about 5 to 10 dollars each. Or, you can get globes in decorative art glass and spend a little bit more.
A quick way to update your kitchen island is to replace the counter top. We recently were able to purchase a black piece of granite for our kitchen island and replaced the existing wood top. And because the granite is so heavy, there is no need for adhesive, it just stays in place.
Another great idea to updating your hanging pendant lighting is to add a decorative molding around the fixture at the ceiling. These usually come in a durable plastic material, can be painted and will look beautiful with your hanging lighting.
When updating your kitchen island and hanging pendant lighting be sure to coordinate the metal finish to other fixtures and appliances in your kitchen. If you add counter stools to your island, be sure that the finish and materials of the stools also compliment the hanging light glass fixtures.
Pulling together all these little design elements and paying attention to details will give your kitchen island area style and impact for years to come.
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10 Hanging Pendant Lighting Ideas
Idea 1: If you have an average size or smaller kitchen, you can still have hanging pendant lights just like the bigger gourmet kitchens - only don't overdo it. Two petite pendant lights hanging over a small kitchen island is plenty in terms of décor and will enhance the entire work space.
Idea 2: If you have an oversized kitchen island and are looking for hanging pendant lighting, remember to keep the light fixtures size in scale with the island and don't be afraid of larger pendant lights that are in scale with your cabinetry. You want to accentuate a larger island so be sure to choose ample, bold fixtures.
Idea 3: For islands that are 2-tier, have multi-level counter heights or L-shaped, consider hanging pendant lights at varying heights for a more dramatic effect.
Idea 4: Look through a few kitchen remodeling magazines, clip photos and start an idea file of hanging pendant lights that work well with your kitchen décor. Also clip ideas for other accessories that will blend in with your pendant lights and island.
Idea 5: If you use your kitchen island to mainly prep food and prepare meals, having brighter task lighting keeps your working area functional. Also, be sure to adjust the length of the hanging pendant light so it's in proportion with the main cook in the kitchen and hang the lights at the proper height.
Idea 6: If you entertain a lot and use your island mainly as a buffet, it may be preferable to use ambient bulbs for your hanging pendant light, so that it's understated and softer lighting. Or, opt to use candles or a buffet lamp on your island.
Idea 7: Pendant light globes come in so many varieties, its fun to change the glass globe from season to season. When you change your kitchen curtains or if you want to paint your kitchen island a new color, don't forget to change the pendant light globes.
Idea 8: If you have multiple pendant lights, try mixing up your kitchen island look by using different sized or even different colored glass globes for each individual pendant!
Idea 9: For kitchens without islands, you still can use hanging pendant lights in other areas, such as over a breakfast a nook or pantry area. Or, try a hanging pendant light over your kitchen sink, in front of a kitchen window or over a dining server.
Idea 10: Start a little savings fund strictly for your new kitchen lighting project and use the money only for that. Find ways to make extra cash here and there and sock away the savings!
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What I love about hanging pendant lighting is that, upscale, unique and interesting doesn't have to cost a lot of money. It's really just all in the way you work it into your own décor, color preference and lifestyle. From chic and modern to elegant and traditional, It's all here and at every price range so no one gets left out!